2017-10-11 / Community View

‘So grateful for all the help’

More than $22,000 raised during golf event to assist Matt Zeeman


Matt Zeeman (center), surrounded by (clockwise) his girlfriend, Tiffany Glesenkamp, his father, Tim Zeeman and his mother, Cathy Zeeman, joined the hundreds of visitors at the first-ever Zeeman Strong Golf Classic on Sunday afternoon. 
Photos by Alex Petrie Matt Zeeman (center), surrounded by (clockwise) his girlfriend, Tiffany Glesenkamp, his father, Tim Zeeman and his mother, Cathy Zeeman, joined the hundreds of visitors at the first-ever Zeeman Strong Golf Classic on Sunday afternoon. Photos by Alex Petrie METAMORA TWP. — The inaugural Zeeman Strong Golf Classic, held at Metamora Golf & Country Club on Sunday afternoon, was a monumental success, raising more than $22,000 and drawing 40 teams of four, as well as dozens more for the dinner and auction held directly after the 18-hole scramble. The event, organized in a matter of two short months, was established to raise money for Matt Zeeman’s mounting medical bills after a diving accident in June left him without the use of his legs.

Zeeman Strong, a foundation that was created immediately following Matt’s accident, has steadily gained momentum over the past four months, raising more than $50,000 through a Gofundme campaign, as well as thousands more from numerous community events and fundraisers held in and around Lapeer County.


Hannah Muxlow, Jenny Zeeman and Valerie Edgerton were among the group of volunteers that helped to make sure the Zeeman Strong Golf Classic went off without a hitch. Muxlow and Edgerton are close friends of Matt Zeeman and devoted much of their time to building the successful event. Hannah Muxlow, Jenny Zeeman and Valerie Edgerton were among the group of volunteers that helped to make sure the Zeeman Strong Golf Classic went off without a hitch. Muxlow and Edgerton are close friends of Matt Zeeman and devoted much of their time to building the successful event. The Zeeman Strong Golf Classic was organized by a number of Matt’s family members and close friends, including his sisters, Jenny Zeeman and Missy Olejniczak, along with Hannah Muxlow, Valerie Edgerton and many more.

“It really was a super successful day,” said Olejniczak. “The silent auction alone raised more than $3,600, which is amazing. We were able to get some really great items from some businesses in Lapeer, including Beautiful U (Salon & Spa), who donated 15 gift cards to us. We were so grateful for all the help and the donations. Mary Patnaude really helped us out with the auction items, she was able to bring in almost all of the donated items.”


Mark Taylor, of Flushing, stopped at the clubhouse for lunch between rounds at Zeeman Strong Golf Classic. The event was hosted by the Metamora Golf & Country Club on Sunday and offered visitors free lunch and a buffet-style dinner. Mark Taylor, of Flushing, stopped at the clubhouse for lunch between rounds at Zeeman Strong Golf Classic. The event was hosted by the Metamora Golf & Country Club on Sunday and offered visitors free lunch and a buffet-style dinner. Other auction items included an autographed Miami Dolphins helmet, which was donated by the Weingartz family of Lapeer, gift cards from local businesses, including Tilted Axis Brewing Co., Woodchips Real American Barbeque, Arnold’s Car Wash, and Averys Auto Group, along with handmade items, including a painting by Matt’s business partner, Kyle Muxlow, which fetched $300.

“We couldn’t have done any of this without Rick Burrough and the amazing staff at Metamora Golf & Country Club,” said Olejniczak. “It was such a beautiful day, and to see 160 golfers come out, and then more people show up for dinner, it was just amazing. For as quickly as we had to organize this outing, it turned out to be a great event. The community support has been overwhelming, and our whole family is beyond thankful for the help that everyone has offered to us and to Matt over these past few months.”


Cathy Zeeman, Missy Olejniczak and Jenny Zeeman, the mother and sisters of Matt Zeeman, worked tirelessly to organize the inaugural Zeeman Strong Golf Classic, held Sunday at Metamora Golf & Country Club. The event aimed to raise funds to offset Matt’s medical bills after a diving accident. Cathy Zeeman, Missy Olejniczak and Jenny Zeeman, the mother and sisters of Matt Zeeman, worked tirelessly to organize the inaugural Zeeman Strong Golf Classic, held Sunday at Metamora Golf & Country Club. The event aimed to raise funds to offset Matt’s medical bills after a diving accident. Along with the 18-hole golf scramble, the Zeeman Strong Golf Classic featured a silent auction with items donated by local businesses and individuals, lunch for all players, a buffet-style awards dinner and a number of course contests.


Rob Wojcicki, of Metamora, records his team’s score after the 18-hole scramble. Once the results were in, awards were given to the winners, as well as longest drive and closest to the pin. The outing also included door prizes, raffles and a silent auction. Rob Wojcicki, of Metamora, records his team’s score after the 18-hole scramble. Once the results were in, awards were given to the winners, as well as longest drive and closest to the pin. The outing also included door prizes, raffles and a silent auction. Among the prizes included were awards for winners of two hole-in-one challenges, as well as raffles and door prizes. Sponsors for the event included Jim Riehl’s Friendly Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Ray C’s Harley-Davidson, Londeau Properties, C&L Ward, Direct Labor Force, Dr. Andrew Aretakis and View Newspaper Group.

Alex Petrie



Matt Zeeman addressed the crowd with the help of his sister Jenny during the awards dinner, thanking the hundreds of people in attendance for their continued support in his recovery. Matt suffered a severe spinal cord injury in a diving accident on June 16, and has undergone a number of surgeries, as well as continued physical therapy. Matt Zeeman addressed the crowd with the help of his sister Jenny during the awards dinner, thanking the hundreds of people in attendance for their continued support in his recovery. Matt suffered a severe spinal cord injury in a diving accident on June 16, and has undergone a number of surgeries, as well as continued physical therapy.

Tim Zeeman (foreground) and Rick Fleming (background) spoke to the golfers, 160 in total, before the shotgun start at 10 a.m. on Sunday at the Zeeman Strong Golf Classic. Tim Zeeman (foreground) and Rick Fleming (background) spoke to the golfers, 160 in total, before the shotgun start at 10 a.m. on Sunday at the Zeeman Strong Golf Classic.

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